Marilyn Manson is an American singer-songwriter, visual artist, actor, and record producer. He started hogging the limelight with his controversial yet super hit album ‘Antichrist Superstar.’ He is highly popular as well as notorious for his controversial stage personality. The singer, who is known for his outrageous behavior, has earned as many detractors as his fans over the years, thanks to his politically incorrect lyrics and unconventional music. He had a difficult childhood as he was molested repeatedly by a neighbor. Growing up, he felt lonely and began to write poems and songs. For several years, he struggled to make a living. In spite of being so talented, success evaded him. Eventually, he got noticed and was able to launch his musical career. Born as Brian Hugh Warner, the American singer adopted the stage name ‘Marilyn Manson’ when he began performing. From an early age he was eccentric and quirky. Even though his mother was religious, he harbored strong anti-Christian feelings which he expressed through his songs. His rebellious nature and refusal to adhere to religious norms endeared him to like-minded folks. His weird dressing style added to his charm. He often wears garish makeup and a stylized contact lens in one eye, which gives him the creepy look that his fans love so much.
Childhood & Early Life
He was born on January 5, 1969, in Canton, Ohio, USA. He is the only son of Hugh Warner and Barbara Wyer. He is of mixed descent. As a young boy, he was molested repeatedly by a neighbor. He began writing poems and songs as means of coping with his pain and trauma.
His parents sent him to ‘Heritage Christian School.’ He was also made to attend church regularly. This instilled in him an aversion for all things religion and he begged his parents to let him change his school. He then went to ‘Glen Oak High School’ from where he graduated in 1987.
In 1990, he enrolled at the ‘Broward Community College’ in Florida to study journalism. During this time, he also began to write articles for a music magazine and started hanging out with other musicians.
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Brian Warner adopted the stage name ‘Marilyn Manson’ and formed the band ‘Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids’ along with guitarist Scott Putesky in 1989. The band was later renamed ‘Marilyn Manson.’
After playing in clubs for four years, the band finally got noticed by Trent Reznor in 1993 and he helped them release their debut album ‘Portrait of an American Family’ in 1994. The album became a hit.
In 1995, the band released the Extended Play (EP) ‘Smells Like Children.’ The EP was full of songs related to drugs and childhood abuse. The controversial nature of the songs added to the band’s appeal.
The year 1996 proved to be a great one for the band. The release of the album ‘Antichrist Superstar’ catapulted the band, especially its front man, to great fame. The album’s anti-religious theme appealed to a lot of rebellious youngsters.
In 1998, he released the album ‘Mechanical Animals’ which served as the second installment of ‘Antichrist Superstar’ (trilogy). The album reached the No. 1 spot in the US, and was a critical as well as a commercial success.
In 2000, he released ‘Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death),’ the final album of the trilogy. The music was a combination of industrial and alternative metal. Though the album was much anticipated, it failed to live up to the success of its predecessor.
The band came up with the Nazi-themed album ‘The Golden Age of Grotesque’ in 2003. Like many of Marilyn Manson’s albums, this one too sold well and was certified gold in Australia, France, Germany, and the UK.
The album ‘The High End of Low’ was out in 2009. Debuting at No. 4 on ‘Billboard 200,’ the album spawned hit singles, such as ‘I Want to Kill You like They Do in the Movies’ and ‘Running to the Edge of the World.’
In 2012, the band released the album ‘Born Villain’ after a gap of three years. The album peaked at No. 10 on ‘Billboard 200.’ The band followed it up with the ‘Hey Cruel World... Tour’ to promote the album.
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His ninth studio album ‘The Pale Emperor’ was released on January 2015. After two years, he released his tenth studio album ‘Heaven Upside Down,’ which received positive reviews from music critics.
Along with his musical career Manson has also appeared in some movies. He usually plays minor supporting roles or appears in a cameo.
He is best-known for his album ‘Antichrist Superstar’ which was a rock opera concept album with controversial songs. The album went platinum in both the US and Canada, and sold well in other countries too. The album established Marilyn Manson as a popular rock star.
Awards & Achievements
He won the ‘MTV Video Music Award’ for ‘Best Cinematography in a Video’ for his music video ‘The Dope Show’ in 1999.
In 2000, he won the ‘Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award’ for ‘Best Male Performer of the Year.’
Personal Life & Legacy
He was engaged to actor Rose McGowan. However, they broke off their engagement.
He married Dita Von Teese on November 2004 after a four-year courtship. The marriage did not last long as Dita filed for divorce in 2006. Manson’s alcoholism and infidelity were cited as reasons for separation.
He was also romantically involved with Evan Rachel Wood and Lindsay Usich.
This controversial rock star loves painting in his free time. He has even exhibited his paintings in a show called ‘The Golden Age of Grotesque.’